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April Fools' Day 



Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid 



April Fool's Day 



Praise be to Allaah, we praise Him and seek His help and forgiveness. 
We seek refuge in Allaah from the evil of our own selves and from our 
evil deeds. Whomsoever Allaah guides, none can lead astray, and 
whomsoever He sends astray, none can guide. 

Lying is an evil characteristic, which all religions and systems of eth- 
ics warn against and which man's innate nature (fitrah) agrees that it 
is wrong. Those who possess chivalry and sound reason also say this. 

Truthfulness is one of the pillars on which the moral survival of the 
world depends. It is the foundation of praiseworthy characteristics, 
the cornerstone of Prophethood, the result of taqwaa. Were it not for 
truthfulness, the rulings of all divinely-revealed laws would collapse. 
Acquiring the characteristic of lying is akin to shedding one's human- 
ity, because speaking is an exclusively human trait. {Bareeqah Mah- 
moodiyyah, Muhammad al-Khaadimi, 3/183) 

Our purely monotheistic sharee'ah warns against lying in the 
Qur v aan and Sunnah, and there is consensus that it is haraam. The 
liar will have bad consequences in this world and in the next. 

According to sharee'ah, lying is not permitted except in specific cases 
which do not lead to loss of rights, bloodshed or slander of people's 
honour, etc., but which concern saving lives, reconciling between 
people, or creating love between husband and wife. 

There is a never a day or a moment when sharee'ah permits a person 
to tell lies or to say whatever he wants based on lies. One of the 
things that have become widespread among the common people is 
the so called "April Fool's Day", where they claim that the first day of 
the fourth solar month is a day when lying is permitted without being 
subject to any shar'i guidelines. 



Many bad things may result from this, and we will mention some of 
these. 



The Prohibition of Lying 



1. Allaah says: 

"It is only those who believe not in the Ayaat (proofs, 
evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of 
Allaah, who fabricate falsehood, and it is they who are 
liars." 

[Surah al-Nahl (lfc 105] 

Ibn Katheer said: 

"Then Allaah tells us that His Messenger (if) is not a fabricator or 
a liar, because only the most evil of people who do not believe in 
the signs of Allaah, the kaafirs and heretics who are known 
amongst the people for telling lies, tell lies about Allaah and His 
Messenger (ft). The Messenger Muhammad (ft) was the most 
truthful of people, the most righteous, the most perfect in knowl- 
edge, action, faith and certain belief. He was known amongst his 
people for his truthfulness; none of them doubted that, to such an 
extent that he was known amongst them as 'al-Ameen (the trust- 
worthy) Muhammad.' Hence when Heraclius, the ruler of Rome, 
asked Abu Sufyaan about the characteristics of the Messenger of 
Allaah (ft), one of the things he asked was, 'Did you ever accuse 
him of lying before he said what he said?' He said, 'No.' Heraclius 
said: 'If he refrained from telling lies about people he would not go 
and tell lies about Allaah.' (Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 2/588) 

2. It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (|f) said: 

"The signs of the hypocrite are three: when he speaks, he 
lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when 
he is entrusted with something, he betrays that trust." 

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 33; Muslim, 59) 

An-Nawawi said: 



"What the commentators and most of the scholars said - which is 
correct - is that this means that these characteristics are the char- 
acteristics of hypocrisy, and the one who has these characteristics 
resembles the hypocrites in this sense. 

The words of the Prophet (§l), 'he is a pure hypocrite' mean that he 
strongly resembles the hypocrites because of these characteristics. 
Some of the scholars said: this is concerning one in whom these 
characteristics predominate; one in whom these characteristics 
rarely appear is not included in this. This is the favoured view con- 
cerning the meaning of this hadeeth. Imaam Abu 'Eesa al-Tirmidhi 
0^>) narrated this meaning from the scholars and said: 'The mean- 
ing of this according to the scholars is hypocrisy in one's ac- 
tions.'" (Shark Muslim, 2/46-47) 



The Most Evil of Lies 



l. Lies told about Allaah and His Messenger (it). 

This is the most serious kind of lie, and the one who does this is sub- 
ject to a severe warning. Some of the scholars said that the one who 
does this is to be denounced as a kaafir. 

Allaah says: 

"Say: 'Verily, those who invent a lie against Allaah will 
never be successful'" 

[Surah Yunus( 10)169] 

It was narrated by 'Ali (4§>) that the Prophet (it) said: 

"Do not tell lies about me. Whoever tells lies about me, 
let him enter the Fire." (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 106) 

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (4l>) that the Prophet (§1) said: 

"Whoever tells lies about me, let him take his place in 
Hell." (narrated by al-Bukhaari, 110; Muslim, 3) 

Ibn al-Qayyim said: 

"... 'whoever tells lies about me, let him take his place in 
Hell', i.e., let him take his place in Hell where he will abide and 
settle; it is not like a temporary place or camp where he stays for a 
while and then moves on." {Tareeq al-Hijratayn, p. 169) 

Lying also includes lies told about or to other people, such as: 



2. Lying in buying and selling. 

It was narrated from Abu Dharr (*$b) that the Prophet (It) said: 

"There are three to whom Allaah will not speak on the 
Day of Resurrection and He will not look at them or 



praise them, and they will have a painful torment." The 
Messenger of Allaah (ft) repeated this three times. Abu 
Dharr said: "May they be doomed and lost, who are they, 
O Messenger of Allaah?" He said, "The one who lets his 
garment hang below his ankles, the one who reminds 
others of his favours, and the one who disposes of his 
goods by swearing a false oath." (Narrated by Muslim, 106) 

It was narrated that Hakeem ibn Hizaam (*$b) said that the Messen- 
ger of Allaah (ft) said: 

"The two parties involved in a transaction have the op- 
tion [of cancelling it] until they part. If they are honest 
and truthful, their transaction will be blessed for them 
and if they conceal something and tell lies, the blessing 
of their transaction will be wiped out." (Narrated by al- 
Bukhaari, 1973; Muslim, 532) 

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said: 

"Allaah has enjoined truthfulness and honesty, and He has forbid- 
den lies and concealment with regard to matters which should be 
known and revealed to people, as the Prophet (ft) said in a 
hadeeth whose authenticity is agreed upon: 

'The two parties involved in a transaction have the op- 
tion [of cancelling it] until they part. If they are honest 
and truthful, their transaction will be blessed for them 
and if they conceal something and tell lies, the blessing 
of their transaction will be wiped out.' And Allaah says 
(interpretation of the meaning): 

'O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allaah as just 
witnesses; and let not the enmity and hatred of others 
make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety' 

[Surah al-Maaidah (5): 8]." 

{Minhaaj al-Sunnah, 1/16) 
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3. The prohibition on lying about visions and dreams. 

This refers to when some of them claim to have seen such and such in 
a dream, but they are not telling the truth, then in the morning he 
starts to tell the people something that he did not see. 

It was narrated from Ibn 'Abbaas that the Prophet (ft) said: 

"Whoever tells of a dream that he did not see will be 
commanded [on the Day of Resurrection] to tie two 
grains of barley together, but he will never be able to do 
it. Whoever eavesdrops on people's conversation when 
they dislike that — or they try to get away from him - will 
have molten copper poured in his ears in the Day of 
Resurrection. And whoever makes an image will be pun- 
ished and will be told to breathe life into it, and he will 
not be able to do so." (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6635) 

Al-Manaawi said: 

" 'to tie two grains of barley together, but he will never be 
able to do it' - because tying one to the other is not possible or- 
dinarily. He will be punished until he does that, and he will never 
be able to do it. It is as if he is saying that he will be enjoined to do 
something that he can never do, and is being punished for it. This 
is a metaphor for continuous punishment... The reason why barley 
(sha'eer) is mentioned specifically is because dreams are con- 
nected to feelings (shu'oor); the words sha'eer (barley) and shu'oor 
(feelings) come from the same root in Arabic. 

The punishment for that is so severe - even though lies when 
awake may cause more damage, because they may involve testi- 
mony that may lead to execution or a hadd punishment - because 
lying about a dream is a lie about Allaah, may He be exalted, for 
dreams are a part of Prophethood, so they come from Him, and ly- 
ing about the Creator is worse than lying about created beings. 
{Fayd al-Qadeer, 6/99) 



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4. The prohibition of speaking about everything that one 
hears. 

It was narrated by Hafs ibn 'Aasim, that the the Messenger of Allaah 
G§f) said: 

'It is sufficient lying for a man to speak of everything 
that he hears.' (Narrated by Muslim, 5) 

With regard to the meanings of the hadeeth and reports on this topic, 
they discourage speaking about everything that one hears. For usu- 
ally a person will hear both true things and lies, so if he were to speak 
of everything that he hears, he would be lying, by telling of something 
that did not happen. We have stated above the view of the people of 
truth: that lying means telling of something in a manner other than 
the way it happened. It is not conditional upon it being done deliber- 
ately, but its being done deliberately is a condition of it being a sin. 
And Allaah knows best." (Shark Muslim, 1/7$ 



5. Lying in jest. 

Some people think that it is permissible to tell lies if it is in jest. This 
is the excuse that they use for telling lies on April 1 st or on other 
days. This is wrong. There is no basis for this in the pure sharee'ah. 
Lying is haraam whether the one who does it is joking or is serious. 

Lying in jest is haraam just like other kinds of lies. 

It was narrated by Ibn 'Umar that the Prophet (ff) said: 

"I joke, but I speak nothing but the truth." (narrated by al- 
Tabaraani in al-Mu'jam al-Kabeer, 12/391) 

This hadeeth was classed as hasan by al-Haythami in Majma' al- 
Zawaa "id, 8/89, and classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani (may 
Allaah have mercy on him) in Saheeh al-Jaami', 2494) 

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: 



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"They said, 'O Messenger of Allaah, you joke with us.' He 
said, 'But I only speak the truth.' (narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 
1990) 

Abu 'Eesa said: this is a saheeh hasan hadeeth. 

A similar hadeeth was narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Awsat (8/305) 
and classed as hasan by al-Haythami in Majma' al-Zawaa'id, 9/17 . 

Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Abi Laylaa said: "The companions of the Mes- 
senger of Allaah (ft) told us that they were traveling with the Mes- 
senger of Allaah (ft). A man among them fell asleep and some of 
them went and took his arrows. When the man woke up, he got 
alarmed (because his arrows were missing) and the people laughed. 
The Prophet (§1) said, "What are you laughing at?" They said, 
"Nothing, except that we took the arrows and he got 
alarmed." The Messenger of Allaah (ft) said: "It is not permissi- 
ble for a Muslim to frighten another Muslim." (Narrated by 
Abu Dawood, 5004; Ahmad, 22555 - this version narrated by 
Ahmad) 

This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al- 
Jaami', 7658) 

It was narrated from Abd-Allaah ibn al-Saa'ib ibn Yazeed from his 
father from his grandfather that he heard the Messenger of Allaah 
(M) say: 

"None of you should take the belongings of his brother, 
whether in jest or otherwise. Whoever has taken the 
stick of his brother, let him return it." (Narrated by Abu 
Dawood, 5003; al-Tirmidhi, 2160 in brief) 

The hadeeth was classed as hasan by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al- 
Jaamf, 7578 



6. Lying when playing with children 



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We must beware of lying when playing with children, because that 
will be written down (in the record of deeds of) the one who that. The 
Messenger of Allaah (|g) warned against doing that. It was narrated 
that 'Abd- Allaah ibn 'Aamir (4l>) said: 

"My mother called me one day when the Messenger of Allaah (if) 
was sitting in our house. She said, 'Come here, and I will give 
you (something).' The Messenger of Allaah (§1) said, 'What do 
you want to give him?' She said, 'I will give him a date.' The 
Messenger of Allaah (ft) said: 'If you had not given him 
something, you would have been lying.' 



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And it was narrated by Abu Hurayrah (4l>) that the Messenger of Al- 
laah (M) said: 

"Whoever says to a child, 'Come here and take this,' then 
does not give him something, this is counted as a lie." 

(Narrated by Abu Dawood, 4991) 

This hadeeth was classed as hasan by Shaykh al-'Albaani in Saheeh 
al-Jaamf, 1319. 



7. Lying to make people laugh. 

It was narrated by Mu'aawiyah ibn Haydah that he heard the Prophet 
(H) say: 

'Woe to the one who talks to make the people laugh and 
tells lies, woe to him, woe to him." (narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 
235. He said: this is a hasan hadeeth. Also narrated by Abu Da- 
wood, 4990). 



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The Punishment for Lying 



The liar is warned of destructive punishment in this world, and hu- 
miliating punishment in the Hereafter. These include: 

l. Hypocrisy in the heart. 

Allaah says: 

"So He punished them by putting hypocrisy into their 
hearts till the Day whereon they shall meet Him, be- 
cause they broke that (covenant with Allaah) which 
they had promised to Him and because they used to 
tell lies. 

[al-Tawbah 9:77] 

'Abd- Allaah ibn Mas'ood said: 

"You may know the hypocrite by three things: when he speaks, he 
lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when he is en- 
trusted with something he betrays that trust.". He said: "Recite 
this aayah (interpretation of the meaning): 

'And of them are some who made a covenant with Al- 
laah (saying): 'If He bestowed on us of His Bounty, we 
will verily, give Sadaqah (Zakaah and voluntary char- 
ity in Allaah's Cause) and will be certainly among 
those who are righteous.' * Then when He gave them 
of His Bounty, they became niggardly [refused to pay 
the Sadaqah (Zakaah or voluntary charity)], and 
turned away, averse. * So He punished them by put- 
ting hypocrisy into their hearts till the Day whereon 
they shall meet Him, because they broke that (cove- 
nant with Allaah) which they had promised to Him 
and because they used to tell lies." 

[Surah at-Tawbah (9):75~77] 

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(Musanaaflbn Abi Shaybah, 6/125) 



2. Guidance to evildoing and to the Fire. 

It was narrated by 'Abd-Allaah ibn Mas'ood that the Messenger of 
Allaah (H) said: 

"Truthfulness is righteousness, and righteousness leads 
to Paradise. A person will continue to tell the truth until 
he is written with Allaah as one who tells the truth. Lying 
is evildoing, and evildoing leads to Hell. A person will 
keep on telling lies until he is written as a liar." (Narrated 
by al-Bukhaari, 5743; Muslim, 2607) 

As-San'aani said: 

This hadeeth indicates that whoever continues to speak the truth, 
it will become a feature of his, and whoever deliberately tells lies 
and persists in it, it will become a feature of his. This is the same 
as any other good or evil characteristic, if a person persists in it: it 
becomes a feature of his. 

This hadeeth indicates how serious the matter of telling the truth 
is, and that it may lead a person to Paradise, and it indicates how 
ugly lying is and how it may lead a person to Hell. This is in addi- 
tion to the consequences in this world, for the one who tells the 
truth will have his words accepted by people, and his testimony 
will be accepted by judges and he will be liked for what he says, 
whereas for the liar the opposite will be the case. (Subul al- 
Salaam, 2/687) 



3. His testimony will be rejected. 

Ibn al-Qayyim said: 
[The reason why the testimony of the liar is rejected] 



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The strongest reason why testimonies, fatawaa and reports may be 
rejected is lying, because it corrupts the very essence of the testi- 
mony, fatwa or report. It is like the testimony of a blind man con- 
cerning sighting the new moon, or the testimony of a deaf man 
concerning having heard the admission of someone. The lying 
tongue is like some faculty that is no longer working. Indeed it is 
even worse than that, for the most evil thing a man may possess is 
a lying tongue. (A'laam al-Muwaqqi'een, 1/95 ) 



4. Blackening of the face in this world and in the Hereafter 

Allaah says: 

"And on the Day of Resurrection you will see those 
who lied against Allaah (i.e. attributed to Him sons, 
partners) their faces will be black" 

[al-Zumar 39:60] 

Ibn al-Qayyim said: 

Hence on the Day of Resurrection Allaah will make blackened 
faces the sign of the one who told lies about Him and His Messen- 
ger. Lying has a great effect in blackening the face and covering it 
with a mask of shame which every truthful person will be able to 
see. The feature of the liar is clearly visible in the face, and every- 
one who has the eyes to see can see it. But Allaah will bless the 
truthful person with dignity and respect, so whoever sees him will 
respect him and love him, and He will give the liar humiliation and 
shame, so whoever sees him will loathe him and despise him. And 
Allaah is the Source of strength. (A'laam al-Muwaqqi'een, 1/95 ) 



5. The liar will have the flesh of his cheeks torn to the back 
of his head. 



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It was narrated that Samurah ibn Jundub (may Allaah have mercy on 
him) said: 

"The Messenger of Allaah ($£) often used to say to his 
companions, 'Has anyone among you seen a dream?' 
Then whoever Allaah willed would tell of his dream. One 
day he said to us, 'Two (angels) came to me last night 
and woke me up, then they said to me, 'Let's go!'... so we 
set out and came to a man who was lying flat on his back 
and another man standing over his head with an iron 
hook, and behold, he would put the hook in one side of 
the man's mouth and tear off that side of his face to the 
back (of the neck) and similarly tear his nose from front 
to back and his eye from front to back. Then he turned to 
the other side of the man's face and did just as he had 
done with the other side. Hardly had he completed this 
side when the first side was restored to its normal state. 
Then he went back and did that all over again. I said to 
my two companions, 'Subhaan Allah! Who are these two 
persons?' They said to me, 'Move on, move on!' (Then he 
said, describing how the two angels explained the things 
that he had seen): 'As for the man you came across, the 
sides of whose mouth, nostrils and eyes were being torn 
off from front to back, he is the symbol of the man who 
goes out of his house in the morning and tells so many 
lies that it spreads all over the world.' " (Narrated by al- 
Bukhaari, 5745) 



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The Comments of the Salaf on Lying 



l. 'Abd Allaah ibn Mas'ood said: 

"A man may speak the truth and persist in doing so until 
there is in his heart not even room for evil the size of a 
needle. Or a man may tell lies and persist in doing so un- 
til there is in his heart not even room for truth the size of 
a needle." 



2. And it was narrated that he said: 

"It is not correct to tell lies whether in jest or in serious- 
ness," Then 'Abd-Allaah recited the aayah: 

"O you who believe! Be afraid of Allaah, and be with 
those who are true (in words and deeds)" 

[al-Tawbah 9:119] 



3. Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq said: 

"Beware of lying, for it has nothing to do with faith." 

4. It was narrated that Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqaas said: 

"The believer may acquire all sorts of characteristics ex- 
cept treachery and lying." 

5. It was narrated that 'Umar (4l>) said: 

"True faith is not achieved until one gives up lying in 
jest." (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, 5/235, 23$ 



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Permissible Kinds of Lies 

Lying is permissible in three cases: 

1) War; 

2) Reconciling between two disputing parties; and 

3) A husband lying to his wife or vice versa for the sake of 
love and harmony. 



It was narrated from Umm Kalthoom bint 'Uqbah that she heard the 
Messenger of Allaah (it) say: 

"He is not a liar who reconciles between people and nar- 
rates something good or says something good." (Narrated 
by al-Bukhaari, 2546; Muslim, 2605) 

It was narrated by Asmaa' bint Yazeed that the Messenger of Allaah 
(§1) said: 

"It is not permissible to tell lies except in three (cases): 
when a man speaks to his wife in a way to please her; ly- 
ing in war; and lying in order to reconcile between peo- 
ple." (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1939) 

This hadeeth was classed as hasan by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh 
al-Jaamf, 7723 



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April fool 



With regard to "April Fool" (in Arabic, Kidhbat Neesaan or the lies of 
April), the origin of this lying is not known for sure. There are differ- 
ing opinions concerning that: 

Some of them said that it developed from the celebrations of spring 
at the equinox on March 21. 

Some of them said that this innovation appeared in France in 1564 
CE, after the introduction of a new calendar, when a person who had 
refused to accept the new calendar became the victim of some people 
who had subjected him to embarrassment and made fun of him, so 
he became a laughing-stock for others. 

Some of them said that this innovation goes back to ancient times 
and the pagan celebrations connected to a specific date at the begin- 
ning of spring, so this is the remnant of pagan rituals. It was said that 
hunting in some countries was unsuccessful during the first days of 
the hunt in some countries. This was the origin of these lies which 
are made up on the first day of April. 



Le poisson d'avril 

The Europeans call "April Fool" le poisson d'avril (lit. "April fish"). 
The reason for this is that the sun moves from the zodiacal house of 
Pisces to the next house, or because the word poisson, which means 
fish, is a distortion of the word passion, which means suffering, so it 
is a symbol of the suffering endured by Jesus Q$M), according to the 
claims of the Christians, and they claim that this happened in the 
first week of April. 

Some of the kuffaar call this day All Fools' Day, as it is known to the 
English. That is because of the lies that they tell so that those who 
hear them might believe them and thus become a victim for those 
who are making fun of him. 

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The first mention of April Fool in the English language was in a 
magazine known as Dreck Magazine. On the second day of April in 
1698 CE, this magazine mentioned that a number of people were in- 
vited to come and watch the washing of black people in the Tower of 
London on the morning of the first day of April. 

One of the most famous incidents that happened in Europe on April 
1 st was when the English newspaper, the Evening Star, announced in 
March 1746 CE that the following day - April 1 st - that there would 
be an parade of donkeys in Islington, in England. The people rushed 
to see these animals and there was a huge crowd. They continued 
waiting and when they got tired of waiting, they asked about when 
the parade would be. They not find anything, then they knew that 
they had come to make an exhibition of themselves, as if they were 
the donkeys! 

'Aasim ibn 'Abd-Allaah al-Qurawayti 

One of them wrote about the origin of these lies, saying: 

Many of us celebrate what is known as April fool or, if it is trans- 
lated literally, the "trick of April". But how much do we know of 
the bitter secret behind this day? 

When the Muslims ruled Spain, approximately one thousand years 
ago, they were a force that could not be destroyed. The western 
Christians wished that they could wipe Islam from the face of the 
earth, and they succeeded to some extent. 

They tried to limit the spread of Islam in Spain and to put an end 
to it, but they did not succeed. They tried numerous times and 
never succeeded. 

After that, the kuffaar sent their spies to Spain to study and find 
out the secret of the Muslims' strength which could not be de- 
feated. They discovered that adhering to taqwa (piety or con- 
sciousness of Allaah) was the reason. 



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When the Christians discovered the secret of the Muslims' 
strength, they started to think of strategies to break this strength. 
On this basis they began to send wine and cigars to Spain for free. 

This tactic on the part of the west produced results, and the faith 
of the Muslims began to weaken, especially among the young gen- 
eration in Spain. The result of that was that the western Catholic 
Christians subdued the whole of Spain and put an end to the Mus- 
lim rule of that land which had lasted for more than eight hundred 
years. The last stronghold of the Muslims, in Grenada, fell on April 
1 st , hence they considered this to be the "trick of April." 

From that year until the present, they celebrate this day and con- 
sider the Muslims to be fools. They do not regard only the army at 
Granada to be fools who were easily deceived, rather they apply 
that to the entire Muslim Ummah. It is ignorant of us to join in 
these celebrations, and when we imitate them blindly in imple- 
menting this evil idea, this is a kind of blind imitation which con- 
firms the foolishness of some of us in following them. Once we 
know the reason for this celebration, how can we celebrate our de- 
feat? 

After knowing this reality,let us make a promise to ourselves never 
to celebrate this day. We have to learn from the Spanish and ad- 
here to the reality of Islam and never allow our faith to be weak- 
ened again. 

I say: it does not matter what the origins of April fool are. What mat- 
ters more is knowing the ruling on lying on this day, which we are 
sure did not exist during the first and best generations of Islam. It 
did not come from the Muslims, but rather from their enemies. 

The things that happen on April Fools' Day are many. Some people 
have been told that their child or spouse or someone who is dear to 
them has died, and unable to bear this shock, they have died. Some 
have been told that they are being laid off, or that there has been a 
fire or an accident in which their family has been killed, so they suffer 
paralysis or heart attacks, or similar diseases. 

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Some people have been told about their wives, that they have been 
seen with other men, and this has led them to kill or divorce their 
wives. 

These are the endless stories and incidents that we hear of, all of 
which are lies which are forbidden in Islam and unacceptable to 
common sense or honest chivalry. 

We have seen how Islam forbids lying even in jest, and it forbids 
frightening a Muslim whether in seriousness or in jest, in words or in 
actions. 

This is the law of Allaah in which is wisdom and care for people's cir- 
cumstances. 



And Allaah is the Source of Strength. 

[Note: all translations are interpretations of the meaning.] 



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